CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Carly Branch's first interior design project for a real client may involve creating a new look to an extension at Little India Restaurant & Lounge on Charleston's East End.
For her senior capstone project, the University of Charleston interior design major created a professional-level interior design plan for the Indian restaurant.
To decorate the 3,000-square-foot space that co-owner Harish Anada purchased, Branch, 22, said she wanted to stick to a cheap budget while maintaining a sophisticated feel.
Anada might use the extra space to accommodate larger parties and a younger crowd, according to Branch.
Branch's design included enough seating for 100 people, a 25-foot bar, a stage and black ceilings with the walls painted in red, orange and yellow accents.
Branch wanted to preserve the Indian culture in the design but also incorporate a firehouse atmosphere because the building that houses the current restaurant is an old firehouse.
When Anada said he wanted a game room with a pool table, Branch convinced him that having three additional seats at the bar would be a better design choice, she said.
Though Anada hasn't committed to any specific plans, Branch said he was very happy with the final design plan and "he would be very interested in implementing this," Branch said. That would make the 123 hours she put into the project well worth it, she said.
"He's moving forward with this project and he's set on this concept," Branch said. "He's going to put the [drawings of the design] on display at Little India for customers to view."
Branch revealed her plans Wednesday at a presentation held at Contemporary Galleries. In its third year, the partnership between UC and Charleston East End Main Street is a win-win for businesses and the students, said Ric Cavender, executive director of East End Main Street.